Dublin's City Hall sits at the top of Parliament Street, where it runs into Dame Street just short of Dublin Castle. This late 18th century structure was originally the Royal Exchange, and follows the designs of Thomas Cooley (1740-1784). It's been the home of Dublin's civic government since 1852.
Completed in 1789 as the Royal Exchange, City Hall was just renovated in 2000. In 1850 it was purchased by and became home of the City Council, then known as the City Corporation. Still serving as the center of the city's government, it also houses an exhibit on Dublin's history for 1.5 (child) to 4 Euro (adult). In the 1970s, the City Council had outgrown this location, so it decided to add another facility...on the Viking Ruins at Wood Quay.
During my visit we were saving our money for Guinness, so we passed up a visit.
Is an example of the Georgian architecture. It was built between 1769 and 1779 by the Guild of Merchants as the Royal Exchange and it cost 58.000 pounds, most of which was raised by public lotteries. The architect was Thomas Cooley, winner of a competition to design the building.
On 30 September 1852 the Royal Exchange was re-named City Hall, at the first meeting held there of Dublin City Council
The City Hall was the hub of Dublin?s civic administration until 1995, when Dublin Corporation moved its headquarters to the new Civic Offices at Wood Quay. City Hall is still the focal pont for the Corporation?s elected members Dublin City Council. The council meets in plenary session on the first Monday of every month in the historic Council Chamber. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presides at meetings of the City Council.
If you would like to know more on the History of Dublin, go to "Dublin's City Hall". You will find a multi media exhibition tracing the history over the last 1000 years. You can view the Lord Mayor's chain and lots of other treasures. The building dates back to 1779. I found this tour really entertaining and very informative. They also have a cafe, Queen of Tarts, famous for cakes and a small bookstore.
Open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.15pm and from Sunday 2pm to 5pm.
Admission is €4. Students €2
This was the first point on our walk.
Originally it was built as The Royal Exchange,( by Thomas Cooley, between 1769 and 1779). The Irish Parliament paid for this construction. Look for the initials SPQH, ("Senatus Populus Que Hibernicus"), which translates as "The senate and people of Ireland".
The Exchange was a place where the business men of Dublin could buy and sell goods and then trade Bills of exchange. As it was close to the Customs House, it was handy for traders and merchants, landing in Dublin from overseas. (This Custom house was sited, where The Clarence Hotel is today)
In the 18th Century, Dublin was a prosperous City, and this building reflected this.
An impressive sized building, of neo- Classical design, with a central Entrance Hall (Rotunda) that has a domed roof, supported by 12 columns. An ambulatory surrounds the Rotunda- a place where the merchants could stroll, and discuss business matters 'on the move'
On 30th September 1852, The Exchange became The City Hall, when it was purchased by the City Corporation, and the first meeting of the Dublin City Council was held. The Corporation also carried out a series of alterations to the structure- adding staircases and partitions, providing office and storeage space.
City Hall is adjacent to Dublin Castle-and has therefore been the site of some historical events, noteably, Easter 1916, when a small contingent of around 19 men and women of the Irish Citizens Army led an attack on Dublin Castle, that resulted in a police officer being fatally wounded. After taking the Guard House and tying up the sentries, with little resistance, they fled to City Hall, thinking that it was a trap, and they were going to be ambushed.
In fact, the rebels had missed an open goal! - The Castle defence had been entrusted to a mismatch of new recruits. The word had gone around that the planned attack had been for the previous day, and had been cancelled- so most of the soldiers had taken a day off to attend the Fairy House Races
On Easter Monday, while raising the Rebel Flag on the City Hall roof, Captain Sean Connolly (a professional actor) was killed by a sniper shot from the roof of Bedford Tower (a tit for tat-as it was Connolly, had shot O' Brien - the police officer) City Hall was then to come under fire from the Castle. 3 more men - Lt Sean o' Reilly, George Geoghegan and Louis Byrne died at this spot too.
Dr Kathleen Lynn - ( A Captain in the citizens Army) surrendered the Irish Citizens Army post.
A Memorial plaque can be seen on the entrance wall. (pic 2 )
Today, council meetings are still held here. In the Vaults is an exhibition about the City Hall and some of the history of the City -
Apparently there are some frescoes depicting the different regions of Dublin, and a floor mosaic with the city crest.
Group tours of City Hall can be booked in advance
* Monday to Saturday 10am – 5.15pm
* Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm
* Last admission one hour before closing
* Adults: €4
* Senior Citizens: €2 (On production of travel pass etc.)
* Students: €2 (On production of student card)
* Unwaged: €2
* Children: €1.50
* Family Rate: €10 (for two adults and up to four children)
* Group Rate: €3 (For groups of ten or more with advance booking)
We went to City Hall as a part of a historical walking tour. The building itself was very nice and the interior was beautiful. However, there isn't really anything to see...! It was nice because our guide told us many interesting facts about the place -- otherwise there's nothing to do there.
Go back into the lower courtyard, and leave by the gate in the left corner, and turn left to see City Hall (you saw it from a distance earlier). (It is open to the public, but I don't know what times).
The City Hall, located at the top of Parliament Street on the city's southside, stands next to the Dublin Castle. This bulding was originally the Royal Exchange and was built between 1769 and 1779 and is a particularly fine example of 18th century architecture. This is the site of the viking city foundations on Wood Quay.
City Hall, originally the Royal Exchange, was designed by Thomas Cooley and built between 1769 - 1779. It now houses a permanent multi-media exhibition "Dublin's City Hall - The Story of the Capital". The exhibition centres on many of the historic events that have impacted on the City of Dublin since its foundation over 1000 years ago. Publicly displayed are such unique artifacts as the Great City Sword, a personal gift to Dublin City Council from King Henry IV, now used on ceremonial occasions such as conferring the Freedom of the City; the moulds for the 13th century City Seal, with their original wooden case or hanaper; early charters and manuscripts together with many other historic items of Civic Regalia relevant to Dublin.
Sitting next to Dublin Castle this building was an exchange under the British and was built in 1753. Today it houses city government along with an exhibition on the history of Dublin.
The circular entrance hall or Rotunda, with its spacious dome, supported by twelve columns, is surrounded by an ambulatory, where the merchants strolled and discussed business.
We stayed at Lord Edward Street, I need to do more research, but I had to take a pic.
This was near the City Hall building.